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Seeds of Opportunity and Northern Alliance Financing Corporation Ltd, Malawi

Dumisani Chirambo is an alumina of Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg (Germany), University of Brighton (UK) and Climate-KIC (European Institute of Innovation and Technology). Dumi is a dynamic applied researcher, social entrepreneur and environmental law expert with a keen interest in global and local governance architectures for climate change and climate finance. Dumi has published extensively on the various policies and institutional and social innovations that State and Non-State Actors can develop in-order to effectively implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

Dumi is also passionate about promoting climate change entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa as a means for reducing vulnerability, urban poverty, gender inequality, social exclusion and youth unemployment. To this effect, he has developed several innovative projects and frameworks across various sectors such as the Malawi Microfinance-Climate Finance Project which was shortlisted for the 2014 UNDP MDG Carbon Climate Finance Innovation Award; the Kukolola Agribusiness Innovation Hub (KAIH); and the Transforming Lifestyles and Consumption Patterns through Youth Wage Subsidies Programme which was endorsed by UNEP’s 10-year framework (10YFP) Sustainable Lifestyles and Education (SLE) Programme. Dumi also developed the “Polycentric Infrastructure and Community Development Paradigm for Sustainable Urban Transitions (PICD-SUT)” framework to improve the framing and implementation of SDG 11 (make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable) and SDG 12 (ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns). Dumi and Seeds of Opportunity with support from the One Planet Network Sustainable Lifestyles and Education Programme are currently implementing a project in Malawi to demonstrate the impacts that the PICD-SUT framework can have on the policies and urban development patterns of Malawian cities. Dumi intends to establish The Centre for Climate Change Capacity Building through Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation (C4B) in Malawi.



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